GUWAHATI, June 6: Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal visited erosion hit Nimatighat area in Jorhat district on Monday and took stock of preventive measures taken up by the water resources department at the site. State water resources minister Keshav Mahanta, MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, several MLAs, Jorhat deputy commissioner Virendra Mittal and senior officials of the water resources department were present at the time of visit.
Noteworthy that sizable portion of the PWD Road leading to Nimatighat has already succumbed to erosion. A day after WR minister’s visit to the site, the Chief Minister’s presence testifies state government’s serious attitude towards handling the flood and erosion.
After physically inspecting the entire erosion hit site, the Chief Minister held a discussion with the officials of district administration and water resources department in presence of the WR minister. Sonowal enquired the departmental officials about the emergency measures adopted for preventing further erosion.
Informing the Chief Minister about the protective steps, the WR officials stated that they have accorded top priority to contain the erosion and engaged workforce on three shifts apart from roping in officials from other divisions as well.
The Chief Minister said that Govt. of Assam has initiated several significant measures to control flood and erosion in the state and directed the departmental officials to carry out stabilization work on a war footing. This was stated in a press release.